Why the US Snubbed the Kurds at Meeting About ISIS

January 23, 2015   |   Justin King

Justin King
January 23, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) The US-led coalition in Iraq held a strategy meeting in London this week. Representatives from all of the key groups were invited to participate with the notable exception of the Kurds.

The Kurds reside in an area that spans from Iran to Turkey. Their exclusion from the meeting raised eyebrows because the Kurds have been doing the bulk of the fighting and they are the only ethnicity that has been able to achieve any significant military victories over ISIS fighters. Just yesterday, the peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers) pushed ISIS out of a 300-square-mile area in Northern Iraq and succeeded in cutting ISIS supply lines into the occupied city in Mosul.

The Kurdish men and women that are doing the fighting are the most effective indigenous forces in Iraq. The Kurds were treated brutally under Saddam Hussein’s regime. The footage of Iraqi civilians being gassed that the US used as propaganda to incite the war in Iraq was mainly from the Kurdish city of Halabja. In the power vacuum created by the US invasion, the Kurds were smart enough to see a chance for autonomy. They began training their soldiers and by the time the US forces withdrew, what was a simple resistance movement had grown into a very efficient military.

Masoud Barzani, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan, described being left out of the meeting as “disheartening.”

Leaving the Kurds out of the meeting wasn’t an accident. Governments don’t conduct strategy meetings and accidentally leave out the only force that has had any measurable success. The decision was intentional and, as usual, politics and corporate greed trumped common sense while putting the lives of the soldiers on the front line in jeopardy.

Even before the ISIS threat, Iraq’s central government was weak. Now, it is teetering on the edge of oblivion. This is the same central government that has signed contracts with western corporations. The Kurds want their own nation, which would require the breakup of Iraq. That breakup would endanger those contracts. If the US had invited the Kurds, it would have granted legitimacy to the Kurdish cause. The US Administration has decided that those contracts are more important than defeating ISIS or establishing a country in the Middle East that is controlled by an ethnicity that is more modern than any of the neighboring countries.

Despite their ferocity on the battlefield, the Kurds are not fanatics. They are simply displaying the will to survive that forms after an ethnicity has been trampled by a government and seen thousands of its own die in chemical weapon attacks. The difference between the Kurds and the rest of the Middle East is best exemplified in their treatment of women. Kurdish women can wear blue jeans in public. That could literally cause a woman to lose her head in some nearby nations. The Kurds have female infantry soldiers in their military. Most militaries in the West haven’t even reached that level of gender equality. An independent and recognized Kurdistan could trigger reformations across the Middle East.

Leaving the Kurds out signals two things to the world. First, the United States has no interest in actually defeating ISIS. The radical Islamic group is far too useful as a boogeyman to really want it gone. Second, the lives of US, Kurdish, Iraqi, Canadian, and British troops are not nearly as important as money.

As the nation celebrates Navy Sniper Chris Kyle, the country shows that for all the “support our troops” chanting, they really don’t care. Right now, US special operations forces are on the ground in Iraq. They were just sold out and denied the ability to effectively coordinate with locals that know the terrain and tactics of the enemy.

When a flag draped coffin arrives at Arlington with the next Chris Kyle in it, know that he didn’t die for his country. He died for the bottom line of companies that would rather see him dead than negotiate new contracts with a Kurdish government. Most of the nation’s pro-troop lobby was too busy arguing with Michael Moore on Twitter over some stupid movie to even notice that US troops are going to die in the name of profits. If you really care about the troops, maybe it’s time you do more than put a bumper sticker on your car.

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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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  1. Holy cow. That is interesting. the Kurds are the only independent group to effectively push back ISIS, and stand for gender equality better than their neighbors, and we didn't recognize them? What the Hell?

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  2. It is complicated. But I think some big factors in this decision are 1) Their alliance with Turkey and 2) Kurdistan has a big libertarian socialist movement. The US business elite has a vested economic incentive in stopping any anti-capitalist movement from succeeding, so they do their best to sabotage them. For evidence, see most of the 20th century.

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  3. Chris Holden I'm capitalist, but I'm not corporatist, or corporatechracy (corporate fascist technocratic aristocracy). Trying to spread democracy and global capitalism is actually more marxist in the long run. I may not like socialism, but I would tolerate it to fight ISIS and stick it to Israel, who actually had the strongest ties to Marxist Communism.
    Don't forget, that the Neocons that you talk about (business elite) have ties to Israel which have ties to former Trotsky communist. It's political shapeshifting.

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  4. David Miller Yeah, Assad was like the only thing standing between the fundies and the Christian minorities (among others). Funny how Christians will support over throwing assad and therefore sentence Christians in Syria to death. Usually in Damascus. Time for Christians to have a "road to damascus moment" and realize that Israel has more in common with Satanism, communism, and globalism than it does Christianity, Judaism, and capitalist democracy.

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  5. Forrest Carlton Lackey 1) Corporatism is inevitable in a capitalist system. The only way you can avoid it is to remove the private ownership over the means of production, but then it's not Capitalist.

    2) Stop using the word Marxist. Spreading global capitalism is the opposite of Marxism. In Authoritarian Marxism, Socialism = a worker owned state that moves towards communism. Communism = A stateless, classless society. Obviously, it didn't pan out that way because Authoritarian Socialism is fundamentally flawed; it doesn't remove the basic human relationship of hierarchy.

    3) Libertarian Socialism (including Libertarian Marxism, Communalism and Anarchism) is Socialism without the state. This includes social ownership of the means of production, and without a state all decisions are made with direct, consensus democracy through a federation of free associations. This has happened several times in history with varying success; the Spanish Anarcho-syndicalists had great production output; Chiapas runs along these lines; And finally, the Kurds are currently trying to achieve Communalism.

    4) Whether you approve of socialism or not is irrelevant (Although you don't seem to know what it means, so I can't see how you can approve or disapprove).

    5) Israel is the USA's biggest ally in the middle east; they are Capitalist to the core with the Backing of an Economic power house.

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  7. They were left out because the US does not give a shit and the Kurds are also Arabs and therefore, potential targets!

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  8. Chris Holden Israel SAYS it's our biggest ally. But history has shown that they have stabbed us in the back multiple times. And we're hearing reports that they are funding ISIS.
    Somehow my time as an intel analyst in the army makes me think that's possible.
    As far as corporatism being inevitible from a capitalist society, well Thomas Jefferson didn't seem to think so. He was trying to stop it by getting rid of a central privately owned bank. It's the federal reserve that aught to be called the fuedal reserve, and the IRS that should really stand for Imperial Royalties Service.
    Before Israel was bombed into existence, we didn't have much problems with the mideast.
    Corruption in business will always be a problem. Just like crime and disease will always be a problem. But the Neo Cons and the modern day Elite Jewry and corporatocracy aren't what conservatives used to stand for. A lot of the Neo Con movement that has hijacked the republican party and protestant churches has it's basis in former communists. When Israel, being founded by many card carrying communist athiests, saw that they were losing support of the left in the West, they did a 180 with their appearances and turned into Neo Cons to infiltrate the right in America. Zionism didn't start getting religious until the 80s.
    The problems we are having with corporations in America aren't the corporations or even government on a national level, nearly as much as it is problems with corporations that are all tied to an international globalist and tribalist group.
    Ya see the corporatists banded together and tried to get all the corporations to be owned by a few. They said "competition is a sin."
    Where as in TRUE free market democracy within the boundaries of a constitutional republic, competition would be LIFE. Microsoft pisses you off with XBOXone? Well Sony seems to be learning from their mistakes and making something better.
    In the right form of free market democracy, competition wouldn't be a sin. It would be a blessing to the consumer. If a company makes something, and people hate it, then another company can do something different or better. What happens is that both groups try to outdo each other, constantly giving us a lot of high quality choices and constantly stepping their game up.
    What you see is not free capitalism. It's a group of people who are all in the same tribe, secretly controlling ALL THE THINGS and telling each other behind closed doors "Competition is a sin." The Globalists may bounce off of capitalism, but they will support all sides to get control, be it fascist, theocratic, communist, socialist, capitalist, whatever. As David Icke says, Capitalism is not the problem. It's something else (fascism or some branch of socialism) disguising itself as capitalism. Same way Hitler was democratically elected, THEN turned it into a dictatorship. Or that Rome was a Republic, THEN became an empire. It's not how capitalism vs. Socialism works as much as it's about human nature, and opportunism during a calamity.

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  9. Forrest Carlton Lackey Capitalism is defined by two things: Private ownership over the means of production, and wage labor. It also funnels wealth upwards. It's only natural that the capitalists with the most money would work together to consolidate their power.

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